A NORTHUMBERLAND businessman - whose friend was selected for “the best job in the world” - will be assisting him in the new venture.
Swinhoe man Ben Patterson, 31, will be managing Ben Southall’s website during his six-month stint as caretaker for Hamilton Island, off Queensland, Australia.
After a worldwide search, Ben Southall was selected from 34,000 applicants for the dream job.
It is a tough role - for which Ben, 34, is required to swim, explore and relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef while writing a blog to promote the area.
The job begins on July 1 and he will work just 12 hours a month.
In return, Tourism Queensland will pay Ben a £74,000 salary and provide a rent-free, three-bedroom beachside villa.
His best friend Ben Patterson owns Swinhoe Industries - a company which teaches people how to use the internet to promote what they are doing. He specialises in social networking and will manage Ben’s website while he is in Australia.
He said: “Ben and I have been best friends for several years so this is a great excuse for me to have a holiday in Hamilton Island.
“I managed Ben’s website for his last project, Afritrex, a sponsored trek around Africa where he ran five marathons and climbed five of the continent’s highest mountains.
“That was three years in the planning and it took Ben another year to complete it but he raised £20,000 for charity. After the success of Afritrex, it felt natural for us to work together on this project.”
The two Bens - who share a love of surfing - met up in Bamburgh earlier this week.
Ben Southall, from Hampshire, said: “I love surfing but Hamilton Island is surrounded by reef so I won’t catch many waves while I’m there.
“I’m making the most of it now. Bamburgh is a great little spot.”